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‘Young and the Restless’ Taps AMC Vet Cady McClain for Kelly Recast

Pictured: (l-r) Cady McClain; Cynthia Watros; Photo Credit: Courtney Lindberg (l); CBS (r)

The Young and the Restless has tapped a familiar face to replace the outgoing Cynthia Watros as grieving mother and home wrecker, Kelly Andrews. All My Children star and two-time Emmy winner Cady McClain (ex-Dixie) will over the role according to TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan.

On Feb. 23, Logan tweeted to a fan, “Unfortunately @watroswatros must exit #YR 4 this MTV thing. Name I’m hearing 4 recast VERY intriguing.” The “MTV thing” he referred to is the series Finding Carter from Emily Silver and Terri Minsky.

Tonight, Logan tweeted, “BREAKING NEWS! @CadyMcClain replaces @watroswatros as Kelly on #YR Deets 2Morrow! It’s DIXIE, baby! @CBSDaytime @YandR_CBS @allmychildren.”

Earlier this month, Y&R sent out a casting call for the role of “Molly,” a character that sounded a lot like Kelly. She was described as a mid-30s to 40 blonde and “has been down a difficult path in life, but is beginning to live again.”

McClain, a 27-year soap veteran, is best known for her role as All My Children’s Dixie Cooney-Martin, which she played off and on since 1988. McClain jumped ship to CBS’ As the World Turns in 2002, taking over the role of Rosanna Cabot.  In 2005, McClain returned to AMC, playing a much darker and jaded Dixie. Her return was short-lived, as then-head writer Megan McTavish killed off the beloved character in 2007 during the ill-received “Satin Slayer” storyline, which saw Dixie murdered after eating poisoned banana pancakes.

Over the next three years, McClain bounced back and forth between AMC and ATWT, reprising Rosanna in six month blocks and appearing on AMC as Dixie in spiritual form. After ABC canceled All My Children in 2011, McClain returned for the remainder of the series, appearing the final four months of episodes.

Last year, the actress signed on for Prospect Park’s online reboot of All My Children. In a blog entry on her website, McClain announced she would reprise her role as Dixie once again. The actress appeared in numerous episodes during the first and only online season. In November, the actress confirmed that production on the online soap would not resume, thus effectively canceling the series.

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Ryan White-Nobles
Ryan White-Nobles is Editor-in-Chief of TV Source Magazine. He's began covering entertainment and soap operas in 2005. In 2009 he co-launched Soap Opera Source, and led the TV Source rebrand in 2012. He's a natural #Heel who loves a spirited debate and probably watches too much TV. Follow him on Twitter at @SourceRyan to discuss all things TV, soaps, sports, wrestling and pop culture.

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